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by Wayfarer
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 249

Re: Mahayana and The Trolley Problem

The Trolley Problem regularly comes up on the Philosophy Forum where it inevitably produces pages of wheel-spinning. My view is, you will never know what you will do until you're confronted with the problem, and it's a problem you're never really likely to be confronted with. It's a thought-experime...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Queequeg wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:36 pm
Found this.
Slightly tangential but still relevant - have a look at The Debate between Plato and Democritus, Werner Heisenberg. He mentions those diagrams.
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa
Replies: 18
Views: 1243

Re: Atoms in the Abhidharma and the Element Stupa

Here is a useful semi-scholarly document on this topic - Buddhist Atomism by Piya Tan. Key point to note is that the 'kalapa' which are the Buddhist equivalent of 'atoms' are momentary, i.e. they don't have endless duration like the atoms of the other traditions. If you think about it, it should be ...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 86
Views: 4217

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

It would do us all well to be very careful in discussions of this nature when it comes to innuendo and rumour. Who might have done/said what in which organisation, and so on. If there is genuine information to be disclosed then by all means it can be, but be mindful that it is a very sensitive topic...
by Wayfarer
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: How to discover tibetan buddhism?
Replies: 27
Views: 760

Re: How to discover tibetan buddhism?

Greetings and welcome to DharmaWheel. :hi: You are clearly someone with a sincere interest, as you are travelling to SE Asia to study. That is very impressive. Certainly there are some aspects of the Buddhist traditions which are treated as secret but there is also a huge amount of texts and teachin...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 86
Views: 4217

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

In Australia, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse wrapped up recently. The proceedings showed that such abuse is endemic in all kinds of religious institutions, and also many other organisations. (One of the stories in the report concerned the first ashram I visit...
by Wayfarer
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche
Replies: 86
Views: 4217

Re: Independent investigation confirms “physical, sexual, emotional abuse” by Sogyal Rinpoche

It’s very dissillusioning. I was given Tibetan Book of Living and Dying a few years back by a relative aware of my interest in Buddhism; I didn’t read it cover-to-cover but it seemed a good book and all the principles sound enough. So to find that the man behind it behaves in such an abominable mann...
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 834

Re: Enlightenment

I don't think you're trolling, but it wouldn't hurt to find some other topic to put your mind to. We can't 'imagine enlightenment', but it's not some blank state of nothingness.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Enlightenment
Replies: 32
Views: 834

Re: Enlightenment

Believe it or not, it *might* be possible to be happy without parties, although admittedly when you're young it can be hard to imagine. :roll:
by Wayfarer
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: One path or two

Amazing... thank you. ...let's assume that humanity is conditioned: it came into existence 6 mil years ago and it will go out of existence soon. Question: what if anything does that have to do with buddhism? I think that according to current evolutionary theory, h.sapiens evolved much less than 6 m...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?
Replies: 23
Views: 881

Re: Do Bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, live in our realm, or do they live outside of samsara?

"Dependent existents" is refuted as wrong view in Madhyamaka. So, you're arguing that Buddhism doesn't teach dependent origination? But when one sees the origination of the world as it actually is with right discernment, 'non-existence' with reference to the world does not occur to one. When one se...
by Wayfarer
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What are the schools of Buddhism?
Replies: 6
Views: 248

Re: What are the schools of Buddhism?

There's quite a good Wikipedia entry on Schools of Buddhism. Overall Wikipedia's Buddhism pages are generally pretty well-edited, and there are many references provided.
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: One path or two

The main problem with evolutionary theory is that, at centre, there's only one criterion for what amounts to success, which is, the ability to survive and pro-create. Of course, this makes perfect sense from the perspective of biology. But what kind of philosophy does it suggest? A couple of very th...
by Wayfarer
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:44 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2620

Re: Realization

can realizations arise out of intellectual/contemplative experiences? Realisations generally arise from an innate understanding; buddha-nature teachings can be understood in those terms. So, a realisation of buddha nature is like remembering or recalling something which has actually always been the...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1440

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

absolutely no need for apologies Boundless. Your posts are always extremely courteous, and the subject-matter is abstruse. The question of 'the nature of the Tathagatha' is, like its subject, a very deep one! We can only meditate and reflect on that, and hope that it will become clear to us. :namaste:
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Realization
Replies: 99
Views: 2620

Re: Realization

Sure. Buddhism (all schools, afaik) and most other Eastern teaching methodologies differentiate very strongly between understanding and realizing. 'Understanding' is ... understandable: an intellectual/rational comprehension. But 'realizing' is quite mysterious. For example, consider the profound d...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1440

A digression into medieval theology

I also think that the concept of "emptiness" (śūnyatā) in Mahayana goes beyond than the above, anatman. In Madhyamaka, unconditioned dharmas are not real and hence, they are of course empty of "inherent existence". At risk of further complicating the thread, I would like to introduce some ideas fro...
by Wayfarer
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: One path or two

The Universe Is Waking Up dhivan thomas jones, Western Buddhist Review - a relevant review of Thomas Nagel's book Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False Nagel’s starting point is not simply that he finds materialism partial or unconvincing,...
by Wayfarer
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: One path or two
Replies: 19
Views: 911

Re: One path or two

There are various ‘new age’ type philosophies that talk about ‘evolutionary enlightenment’ - the idea that evolution itself is a kind of spiritual process, or the expression of a spiritual process. Similar ideas are also found in various non-orthodox Western philosophers like Pierre Tielhard du Char...
by Wayfarer
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself
Replies: 49
Views: 1440

Re: Catuṣkoṭi analysis used by the Buddha himself

Hence my "is no thesis it's own thesis?" Trying to tackle this again. The Tathagatha is 'gone beyond'; and one of the whole class of things 'gone beyond' are indeed theses, views, or opinions. So to the extent that 'a view' amounts to an opinion or a particular perspective, then the Tathagatha is b...

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